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GEOL0026 Earth & Planetary Materials

This module introduces the student to advanced topics in crystallography and mineral physics, in particular the use of X-ray and neutron diffraction to determine mineral structures and the effects of crystal symmetry on physical properties.

Coordinator: Prof Ian Wood

Module Details
TitleEarth and Planetary Materials
UG CodeGEOL0026
CoordinatorProf Ian Wood
Other ContributorsProf G.D. Price (for Part 2c), Dr K.S. Knight (CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
Term1
Credits15
Written Exam60%
Coursework

40%

Those taking parts 2b or 2c will be required to write an extended essay (32% of the total mark for the course).

Pre-Requisites 
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars16 (for Part 1): 8 (for Part 2a)
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes10 (for Part 1): 4 (for Part 2a)
Hours of Tutorials4 (for either Part 2b or Part 2c)
Days of Fieldwork0
OtherNone
Categorizing Studnet Performance Levels
Content

The course has a common first-half which provides an introduction to the methods of crystallography and crystal structure determination. This is followed by one of three streams covering either: (a) crystal physics and its applications to Earth and Planetary forming materials, (b) structures and properties of environmental minerals, such as clays and zeolites, or (c) applications of mineralogy to rock-forming minerals.

 

AIMS

To introduce the student to advanced topics in crystallography and mineral physics; i.e., the structures and properties of Earth and planetary materials.

OUTCOMES

Part 1: Knowledge and understanding of the techniques of X-ray and neutron diffraction; and

Part 2: Either

  1. The application of these methods, and the use of crystal physics, to the determination of thermoelastic and structural properties of Earth and planetary forming materials; 
  2. the structures and properties of minerals in surface environments and their environmental and economic importance; 
  3. the structures and properties of rock-forming minerals and their applications in geology, e.g. phase equilibria, geobarometry, etc.